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Flare Path – The HOUSE, Birmingham REP

Claire Andreadis,William Reay,Jamie Hogarth and Audrey Palmer in the 2016 National tour of Flare Path

Writer: Terrence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Written in 1941, Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path premiered in August 1942 at the Apollo Theatre, London. Initially rejected by producers, who believed the British public wouldn’t wish to see a play about the war, it was a critical and commercial success and was revived in the West End in 2011. ...

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Flare Path – Orchard Theatre, Dartford

Hedydd Dylan and Daniel Fraser in the 2016 tour of Flare Path credit Jack Ladenburg

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Dan English   It is a love triangle amidthe bombing raids of World War Two as the frustrating Flare Path reaches Dartford’s Orchard Theatre. Terence Rattigan’s script sees husband and wife Teddy (Daniel Fraser) and Patricia (Hedydd Dylan) stay at the Falcon Hotel where they are joined by Hollywood actor Peter Kyle (Lynden ...

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INTERVIEW: Graham Seed taking Flare Path on the road

Graham Seed

Those blessed with a long memory will remember actor Graham Seed from his short stint as upper-class buffoon Charlie Mycroft in Crossroads in the late 80s but he will be best remembered as series regular Nigel Pargetter in The Archers. However, a veteran also of the stage, Seed is now touring in Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path.Glen Pearce spoke to him ...

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Flare Path – Connaught Theatre, Worthing

Flare Path 2016 tour

Writer: Terence Rattigan Director: Justin Audibert Reviewer: Jo Payne Flare Path is one of those rare productions which requires only one location – the residents’ lounge of the Falcon Hotel in Milchester, Lincolnshire – to effortlessly lure the audience into its time period and the lives of its characters. Some, particularly the Countess, Doris (Claire Andreadis), feel more like friends ...

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Birdsong – Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre

Book by: Sebastian Faulks Adapted by: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Music: Tim van Eyken Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5] Sebastian Faulks’ classic novel, with its psychological insights and its graphic descriptions of trench and tunnel, was never going to be easy to adapt. Perhaps that’s why this first ever touring production is Rachel Wagstaffe’s second attempt; she’s abandoned the time ...

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Birdsong – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Author: Sebastian Faulks Adapter: Rachel Wagstaff Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Bill Avenell [rating:5]   The horror and futility of the 1st WW is a harrowing subject of course, so this is not a production for the faint hearted because it does succeed in portraying that horror and futility through its story of a young army officer battling his way through ...

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Birdsong – Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

Writer: Rachel Wagstaff, from the book by Sebastian Faulks Director: Alastair Whatley Reviewer: Selwyn Knight [rating:3] The Western Front. 1916. Two men come together. One, the deeply religious sapper, Jack Firebrace, has just completed a 15 hour shift digging tunnels towards the enemy for mines to be laid in. On sentry duty, he receives a letter from home telling him ...

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